Metal Center News

JAN 2018

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been the most effective model for us to grow," Paul says. Growth remains the plan under the leadership of Greg and Paul Totten, though the men are open to new ways of finding it. One way is through the company's development as a processing distributor In 2017, the company com- missioned a new Mazak laser cut- ting machine, growing beyond its production sawing roots. The new machine, a 3D Fabrigear 400 II, can process about 90 percent of the inventory the company maintains. The Mazak offers 40-foot in- feed and outfeeds, enabling Totten to process longer lengths, and can handle up to ¾-inch walls. "Since we offer such a large range of structural sizes, it allows us to pro- cess larger sections that we don't see the majority of our competitors doing. We wanted to deepen our niche rather than just dive into the increasingly more competitive smaller range of tube lasers," Paul says. Using the Mazak, the company can service custom- ers straight out of company stock. "They (customers) have a job and they don't have to buy full bundles. They don't 28 ❘ Metal Center News — January 2018 Totten maintains inventory at four locations, though its Azusa, Calif.-based headquarters opera- tion remains its largest facility. Service Center Profile: Totten Tubes Inc.

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